Changes at the Shop June 11, 2013


Last weekend, I couldn’t pass up this vanity, that was past its prime.

I removed the skirt and top cover and got busy on it tonight. Sewing is something that I can do, if it involves straight lines. So, making a new skirt for this table was within my skill set.

Sure, I could have left this full bed frame, leaning up against the wall.

But, today I decided to pretend like I had lots of room in the shop. I set up the bed frame and moved all of my “shabby chic” treasures into a little faux room arrangement, complete with the newly skirted vanity. Mr. Wonderful asked me where my pillow was! Good question!


I’m not sure if you noticed the new bench at the foot of the bed. It was a coffee table that I recovered to become a bench, using foam, batting, a grain sack and nailhead trim. I have since ordered nailhead trim in those long rolls, so the results will appear more professional. I really did add the nail heads. Where did that picture go?



If you remember the painted screen I picked up last week, I painted over the “art” and hopefully, with some nail head trim, they will look very sharp. (Notice I like nail head trim?) stay tuned for photos!

I also removed all of the abstract art, and just have vintage mirrors, and chalk bards hanging everywhere.

This huge chalk board was a former dresser mirror, the frame only, that I found at a recent sale.

Last, but certainly not least, I have 20 different shades of chalk based paint, still in stock. I reduced the price down to a remarkable $12 per quart! If you want to try some new colors without breaking the bank, this is your moment! Old Town Paints will be in stock this week!! Can’t wait!

I hope to see you soon, if you’re in the neighborhood!

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  1. Dotte on June 12, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Are the marked down chalk paints available thru your website for purchase??? I’ve been wanting to try the maison blanche…..

    • Barbara Bussey on June 12, 2013 at 6:40 am

      So Sorry, Dotte. I’m not set up to ship chalk paint. Shipping chalk paint is a lot more expensive than the milk paint. The post office won’t ship it because it’s liquid paint. You also have to bubble wrap and double box them, to keep the cans from denting, which is very labor intensive. Maybe when I have more help at the shop this will be doable, but not right now. Wished I lived closer to you!

  2. Donnamae on June 12, 2013 at 6:36 am

    You’ve been busy! You did a great job on the coffee table/bench! I’ve been on holiday, so I’m pooped too! 😉

    • Barbara Bussey on June 12, 2013 at 6:47 am

      Hi there!, Ooooh! Vacation! What did you do? Hope it was fun! Glad you’re back, safe and sound.

  3. Valerie on June 12, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Nicely done!

  4. Karena on June 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Barbara I was going to order some of the chalk paint, darn! Let me know how the nail head-trim works for you. I used it and it looks sloppy, so maybe a pro like you will have a better outcome!

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    • Barbara Bussey on June 13, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Hi there,
      Believe me. It takes some practice! Measuring and marking helps too, I hear. I’ll let you know how the Pre-fab strips work out! Cheating, but hopefully more professional looking.

  5. Andi C. on June 20, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I absolutely love the grain sack bench. 🙂

  6. Shirley@housepitalitydesigns on June 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Barbara…your shop is so beautiful and filled with so many wonderful things…love the bench!!…hope you will show us what you did with the vanity!!

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